Interview with Robert Scoble about Oculus Quest 2, Apple Glasses and more!

The Ghost Howls

In the interview with me, he talked about many topics, like the rumors he heard on Apple Glasses, on the Oculus Quest 2 , the America vs China war, XR entrepreneurship, Tesla, and more! Apple is (maybe) already testing Apple Glasses in the wild. How will Apple Glasses be?

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Spatial Beats: Oculus, Google & Snap

AR Insider

This week, we look at tech stocks, Quest 2’s continued rise, Google’s VR sunsetting, and horsing around with Snapchat See the full roundup below. The CEO said they have but one competitor, Apple, which hasn’t yet announced any XR, AR or VR, products.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Original image by Oculus). Oculus kills the Go and opens to content on Quest. In the end, the time of the Oculus Go has come. Devices like Oculus Quest , Pico Neo 2 , and Vive Focus Plus have proven that 6DOF VR is more interesting and has far more retention. That’s why, Oculus has decided to discontinue the Oculus Go, and also to close with 3DOF VR in general. Google is going to buy North. Google adds depth APIs to ARCore.

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Spatial Beats: Apple, Magic Leap & Oculus

AR Insider

This week, we look at Apple’s moves across the spatial spectrum, Magic Leap 2, And Oculus Quest game sales among other items. Let’s dive in… Apple VR rumors mounting up. Apple Maps ‘Look Around’ Feature expands to more cities.

Spatial Beats: Apple VR, Google Poly & LBVR Hangs On

AR Insider

How many XR headsets is Apple working on, and when can we get our hands one them? Between the $299 Oculus Quest, the death of the movie theater, and the COVID stigma on shared headsets, you’d think we wouldn’t be hearing much about this right now. W elcome back to Spatial Beats.

Apple Should Be Very Worried About Google’s Pixel

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These facts have me considering jumping ship from Apple seriously for the first time since 2007. While I’m deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem, Pixel tempts me more than ever before to consider leaving Apple behind completely. Just how embedded am I with Apple? Google is releasing Pixel alongside the Daydream View reference VR headset that will offer experiences to compete with Samsung’s Gear VR. ” Not the same with Google Pixel.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.01.25): Facebook plans “a big shift” in privacy, Apple VR headset rumored, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Apple way be working on a VR headset. According to Bloomberg, next year Apple is going to release a VR headset with limited passthrough AR functionalities. The HMD should be targeted to prosumers and Apple expects sales in the order of magnitude of one Apple headset per day, per store.

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Apple Maps Rivals Google Earth VR With ARKit Integration

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Apple revealed a lot of details about its impressive new ARKit platform at its event at WWDC 2017 last month, but it didn’t mention that one of its most popular apps already supports the new feature. The latest version of Apple Maps has ARKit support built in. It looks very similar to Google Earth VR, the free HTC Vive and Oculus Rift app that allows you to explore certain locations across the glove. Apple VR Industry News

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Google wakes up from its VR daydream

TechCrunch VR

Daydream, Google’s mobile-focused virtual reality platform, is losing official support from Google, Android Police reports. Google’s hardware business is already peanuts compared to their search and ads business, so it probably wasn’t clear what the point was.

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Analysis: Did Apple Really Cancel Its AR Headset?

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Taiwanese news outlet DigiTimes recently reported that Apple canceled its long rumored AR hardware project. And if so, what exactly did Apple cancel? What was Apple working on? In the same year, Apple acquired Akonia Holographics. Bar-Zeev was also a co-founder of Keyhole, which became Google Earth. In 2016, Bar-Zeev moved to Apple, likely to work on an AR hardware project. The post Analysis: Did Apple Really Cancel Its AR Headset?

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The XR Week Peek (2020.05.25): new rumors on Apple Glasses, Oculus Quest anniversary, HP Reverb G2 and more!

The Ghost Howls

OMG, it’s almost 3 years that I write these roundups… the first week peek was exclusive for my blog subscribers and it featured as best news the release of Google Blocks and in the other news something about Samsung Gear VR… how much time has passed since then! Apple Glasses may release in 2021 for $499. In the end, technologist Jon Prosser has revealed the main details he knows about the Apple Glasses. It is weird that Apple wants to create a new standard even there.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.22): Oculus working on AR glasses with Luxottica, Apple glasses FOV discovered and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Considering that Facebook is very smart also in leaking misleading info (as it has happened with the “Monterey” headset ), this can also be a move from Menlo Park to create hype for the upcoming Oculus Connect 6 and the AR glasses that will be teased there. We may know the field of view of Apple AR headset. Of course, since he has not an Apple HMD, the only thing he could obtain was the screen splitting in two on his phone, showing that view that we XR developers know very well.

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First Look: Oculus Venues and Oculus TV

VRScout

These apps hope to make the Oculus Go your next entertainment device. The $200 standalone VR headset from Oculus has finally arrived. the Oculus Go is part of Oculus’ larger goal to getting one billion consumers into VR. Whether you have an Android or iPhone mobile device, you can immediately get started with Oculus Go ( See our review here ). With Oculus Go, iPhone users around the world can now finally jump into VR with something comparable. Oculus TV.

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Google Appears to Be Ramping Up R&D Efforts for “New and novel” AR/VR Lenses

Road to VR

Though there wasn’t much groundbreaking in the Daydream news shared at Google I/O this year, the company is growing its AR/VR team at an accelerated rate, suggesting Google has a number of things up its sleeve yet. While we’ve known for some time that Google has been designing custom lenses for their Daydream products, the new job listing suggests and escalation of that work into in-house rapid prototyping.

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Is Apple Working On A VR headset?

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Apple has been in the news recently and I do not mean because their iPhone sales are slowing. Apple Rumored to be hiring for VR since 2014 Apple has confirmed their recent acquisition of a company called Flyby Media, a start-up that allows phones to can "see" the world around them. Flyby collaborated with Google to develop software for Project Tango 3D-mapping. Apple Granted VR Headset Patent Prototypes VR Headsets Being Tested?

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Apple’s rumored XR headset needs to overcome bulkiness and fatigue

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Apple ’s new rumored mixed reality headset — expected to be released later this year — will reportedly have an 8K display and hand and finger tracking features, an Apple spokesman told Bloomberg recently. Apple isn’t trying to compete with Oculus.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.05.17): Apple Glasses are sleek, UE5 rises hype, NVIDIA releases CloudXR SDK, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Apple glasses are coming in 2021–2022 and they are incredibly sleek. Apple glasses are coming. We’re hearing this since many years, but now the sensation is that we’re coming close to the moment when the prophecy will come true: the rumors are intensifying and the software (ARKit) and the hardware (depth cameras, 5G) designed by Apple are all converging to the glasses solution. He says that Apple AR glasses will come in 2021 and that he has seen them.

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Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion

VRScout

Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. Over the past month, we’ve heard from multiple sources familiar with the matter that Google was in the final stages of negotiating a deal with HTC and that it was “imminent.”. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property (IP).

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Editorial: Now Is The Right Time For Apple To Rally VR Developers

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Apple is expected to announce new iPhones on September 15th. Is it unreasonable to expect Apple to announce its intention to make a Quest competitor then, too? ” So yes, it could be too early and unusual for Apple to commit to those sorts of plans now.

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Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? Oculus/Apple . The technology world is always a game of rivals.

Facebook steps into cloud gaming — and another feud with Apple

TechCrunch VR

Their approach is different than what Microsoft or Google has built but Facebook highlights a shared central challenge: dealing with Apple. Apple lays out its messy vision for how xCloud and Stadia will work with its App Store rules. Apple goes to war with the gaming industry.

Apple CEO: VR Has “Lower Commercial Interest” than AR, New Hires from Magic Leap & Oculus

Road to VR

Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that in his view, augmented reality and not virtual reality holds the ticket for commercial success in immersive technologies in the future. Apple CEO Tim Cook [Image courtesy Mashable] On the subject of virtual and augmented reality Apple is still largely ‘mum’ on it’s intended direction, even in the wake of its latest hardware launch, the iPhone 7.

Google I/O - VR Headset Imminent?

VRCircle

Google's I/O event starts tomorrow, Wednesday @ 10 am PST. Google's I/O event is similar to Apple's WWDC and Facebook's F8 conferences, except perhaps bigger! Google has been gradually adding VR content via YouTube 360 videos paired with their Google cardboard devices and clones for a while now. Google's new headset is rumored to be less powerful than the Vive and Rift, although both of these devices need powerful PCs to run.

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Boz: Get Your Facebook Account In ‘Good Standing’ Before Buying Oculus Quest 2

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New Oculus Quest 2 owners can log in with Facebook, or existing Oculus users can merge their Facebook account with their Oculus one. But I want to point out this is very common – Google, Apple, Xbox, pick a favorite. The Oculus Quest 2 is available now.

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Google’s Owlchemy Labs Reveal ARCore Spectator Experiment

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Google’s Owlchemy Labs just revealed one of its experiments using ARCore on a phone to offer a spectator view into the upcoming game Vacation Simulator. We’ve just come from Oculus Connect 5 where Facebook’s teams demonstrated a series of experiments that together included full body tracking, arena-scale movement freedom and mixed reality which incorporates real objects into the virtual world. AR Google VR Industry News owlchemy labs

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Here’s Where Facebook “Guaranteed” Users Would Never Need a Facebook Account to Use Oculus Headsets

Road to VR

Let’s set the stage with a quick refresher on Oculus’ history. In 2014, Facebook acquired Oculus for a whopping $2 billion. At the time, Facebook was the last company anyone would have expected to buy Oculus. Facebook News Oculus Opinion facebook oculus

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For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?

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HoloLens moves the game on from the previous-generation MR devices — such as Google Glass — which provided little more than the ability to bring up text or simple icons over the user’s view. Consumer VR devices costing several hundred dollars from Oculus, HTC, and Sony run on powerful household desktop PCs that likely cost at least $1,000. Meanwhile, AR systems, such as Apple’s recent ARKit, allow mobile users to view the world through a window, with digital objects superimposed.

Now on Rift, ‘Tilt Brush’ is the First Google App on Facebook’s VR Platform

Road to VR

After a long and somewhat awkward period of Google keeping all of their VR apps from Facebook’s VR platforms on desktop (with Rift) and mobile (with Gear VR), Tilt Brush is the first VR olive branch extended across the platform gap between these two major tech competitors. For a company that makes money by getting as many people to use their software products as possible, the VR situation between Google and Facebook has been… awkward.

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Hololens Co-inventor & AR/VR Pioneer Avi Bar-Zeev Has Left Apple

Road to VR

Avi Bar-Zeev, Hololens co-inventor and longtime AR/VR stalwart, has left Apple, Variety reports. Among the list of Bar-Zeev’s other accolades over the past 25+ years: co-founder of the company behind Google Earth, co-creator of the core technology behind Second Life , and co-creator of Disney’s ’90s-era “Aladdin’s Magic Carpet” VR Ride. SEE ALSO Report: Apple Developing AR/VR Headset with 8K Resolution Per-eye Slated for 2020.

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Oculus Android App Passes 1 Million Downloads

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The Oculus app for Android just surpassed 1 million total downloads on the Google Play Store. Apple’s App Store does not report download numbers. The Oculus app is required to set up the Oculus Go , and can be used to install apps on it as well as manage settings. This app doesn’t include the Samsung Gear VR however- that’s a separate (but similar) app distributed through Samsung’s app platform rather than Google’s. Oculus

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Editorial: Google?s Long-Term Strategy Could Dominate VR/AR

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This article is focused on showing why Google might be best positioned to be that company. ‘Organize The World’s Information’ In September 2015 I asked John Carmack, chief technology officer at Oculus, about the prospect of inside-out tracking technology (the idea that a gadget tracks its own location) for a Facebook VR headset. For some context, Google had acquired the creator of Word Lens more than a year before that comment was made. Powered By Google.

Oculus Quest Unity SDK References Shared-Space Colocation API

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Code found by VR developers in the Oculus Unity Integration reveals Facebook’s shared-space “colocation” API for Oculus Quest. Colocation means having multiple Oculus Quests sharing the same playspace. Facebook showed off an “arena scale” prototype of this at Oculus Connect 5 in late 2018, but no further development has been shown since then. The Platform SDK gives developers access to features which leverage the Oculus store and servers.

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VR Fitness Company YUR Launches Quest Beta To Help Track Calories

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Virtual Reality fitness company YUR are releasing an app for the Oculus Quest that will help you track calories while using any of the device’s games or apps. However, the company’s new app for Oculus Quest is not restricted to any games in particular, and will work system-wide on any games or apps you have installed on your device.

The Apple Privacy Wall

Robert Scoble

The Apple Privacy Wall/Strategy Analysis of How Apple will Come at Oculus Next Year. Apple is clearly going after Facebook. That became obvious to everyone today as Apple announced a ton of new things, including new AR features for its messenger, and new privacy-focused features, at its World Wide Developer’s Conference. Since Oculus has such a head start, especially with its $400 Quest, how could Apple crush it? Same with Google.

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Apple’s Tim Cook Sees Opportunity In AR, But It ‘Will Take Some Time To Get Right’

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Google , Intel, Facebook and Microsoft have all either already begun or announced significant VR initiatives in the past 12-24 months. One name is notably absent from that list: Apple. Despite the occasional patent or acquisition , Apple has yet to make any concrete statement concerning its commitment to VR. In an interview with Buzzfeed , Apple CEO Tim Cook made some interesting comments related to AR and VR. It’s been a big few years for Apple and AR.

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What to Expect from Apple in the AR/VR Space

ARVR

© Apple, Inc. Apple has been discreetly working on a number of AR/VR products for several years now, and has acquired a number of companies in this space in the past, including Metaio in 2015, Flyby Media in 2016, Vrvana in 2017, Akonia Holographics in 2018 and NextVR and Spaces in 2020.

Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

Road to VR

There, Google said that the company soon plans to ship a public version of Chrome on Android with support for WebVR 1.1. Just a few weeks ago, major forces collaborating on the WebVR Spec gathered in San Jose, CA for the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality , a two-day conference where the likes of Mozilla, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Oculus, The Khronos Group, and many more hashed out the latest developments and directions for the WebVR ecosystem.

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